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PremierLeague-News.Com - Southampton travel to Anfield on Saturday to face Liverpool with Che Adams likely to be selected up front. He has identified an absent Reds defender as the best player he has faced
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Liverpool take on Southampton on Saturday evening and will be desperate to secure three points in order to keep their faint hopes of Champions League football in 2021/22 alive. It would be a good start if they could keep a clean sheet, having failed to do so in their last eight league games at Anfield. With Saints’ top scorer Danny Ings unavailable through injury and Takumi Minamino ineligible to face his parent club, manager Ralph Hasenhuttl is likely to ask Che Adams to lead the line against the Reds. The Scotland international has faced Liverpool twice since he moved to Southampton in 2019, without getting on the scoresheet. Read More Related Articles Diogo Jota admits Liverpool frustration as he makes Wolves transfer claim Read More Related Articles Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus slam Liverpool over European Super League exit Jurgen Klopp’s side won 2-1 at St. Marys in their second match of their 2019/20 title winning campaign and had a more comfortable 4-0 victory in the reverse fixture later that season. Adams only had three shots in total in those two matches so was largely kept quiet by the Liverpool backline, and Kopites will hope he has similarly little effect against the Reds this weekend. The 24-year-old probably has a better chance of making a positive contribution on this occasion though, as Liverpool have had to continually chop and change their central defensive pairing throughout 2020/21. And there’s every chance that he his potential impact was restricted in his previous appearances against the Reds by one man in particular: Virgil van Dijk. Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool during a training session at AXA Training Centre (Image: Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images) When speaking to the Premier League’s YouTube channel recently (as reported by HITC ) Adams identified the Dutchman as the toughest opponent he has come up against. “Like I’ve said many times he’s the hardest player and hardest defender I’ve ever played against in the Premier League,” he said.
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. Pace, passing, strength, you name it, defending. He can do anything and obviously he was at Southampton and the boys said that at times he just found it too easy.” Adams isn’t the first opposition player to cite van Dijk as the best in the business. Watford captain Troy Deeney provided perhaps the most famous example back in 2018.
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“I've said it many times, I hate him,” he said in reference to Liverpool’s number four. “I hate going up against him. “He's too big, too strong, too quick, too good on the ball, loves fighting, a good head of hair,” Deeney added. “One of those guys that sprays on his top as well, so it smells lovely!” Adams didn’t offer an opinion on van Dijk’s aroma, but he will certainly be glad that he doesn’t have to face him at Anfield on Saturday.
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